Wednesday, June 25, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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DU releases first cut-off list for affiliated colleges, marginally up
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 24
Delhi University today released the first cut-off list for admission to undergraduate programmes in its affiliated colleges. The list indicates an increase of 0.5 per cent to two per cent over last year’s cut-off mark.

In colleges like Sri Venkateswara, there is an increase of six per cent in Chemistry Hons. In Kirori Mal College, there is an increase of two per cent in English Hons and between two to four per cent in Political Science over last year’s cut-off marks.

The cut-off for BA (Pass) in Sri Venkateswara College is 75 per cent for Arts stream, 80 per cent for Commerce and 78 per cent for Science. For BA (Hons) in Economics, it is 87 per cent, and for English Hons, 80 per cent. There is an increase in the cut-off for English, Economics and Mathematics Honours in most colleges.

Each college will post the cut-off list on the notice board tomorrow following which the admissions will commence from June 26. This year, the university has received close to two lakh forms from aspirants for almost 50,000 seats available in regular courses.

Of the 1,27,458 students who made it to DU in the last academic session, only 50,269 students got admissions in regular colleges while 77,189 students had to seek admission in the non-formal stream. The increase in the number of students who have secured more than 70 per cent marks and as also in the number of students having scored more than 80 per cent marks has made it difficult for those with less 60 per cent marks to get admission in regular colleges. Colleges will release a second and a third cut-off list as well depending on the vacancy. The second cut-off list would be declared on June 30; a third list on July 4 and a fourth list on July 9 would follow it.

To help as well as woo students, the NSUI has announced that students can get their photographs clicked at the five help centres set across the campus for free. Students are required to submit passport-size photographs along with their application forms at the time of admission to colleges.


DSGMC chief cancels orders of deputy from overseas
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 24
Differences have surfaced in the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), weeks after the much trumpeted Akali reunion, with its president Paramjit Singh Sarna, who is on a business trip abroad, cancelling 174 orders passed by his officiating deputy.

Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, who has so far refused to merge his separate Akali party with the united Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) of former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and former SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra, had delegated powers to committee vice president Shamsher Singh Sandhu before leaving the country earlier this month.

Mr Sandhu, in his capacity as the officiating president, passed these orders on what he claims were long-pending cases, as Mr Sarna had for a long time refused to clear them. He claimed that the Delhi Gurdwara Act allows the president to pass such orders, even without the signature of the general secretary of the body.

But the general secretary of the DSGMC, Mr A. S. Walia, downplayed the administrative confusion over Mr Sandhu’s orders and said Mr Sarna had instructed him to declare all the orders null and void.

“On Saturday night, Mr Sandhu issued 174 orders relating to appointments, promotion and confirmation of staff without my knowledge. They have all been declared null and void as instructed by Mr Sarna who is abroad,” Mr Walia said.

Mr Walia added that the power had been now delegated to junior DSGMC vice-president Gurcharan Singh Gatka Master, but sources said the latter had refused to take up the job. “His acceptance or refusal makes no difference. Power has been delegated to Gatka Master,” Mr Walia claimed, adding to the confusion.



Attachment orders against four cops
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, June 24
Chief Judicial Magistrate Mangal Prasad has passed attachment orders against four cops of the Kavi Nagar police station, including former SO Sanjay Bhardwaj, for repeatedly dishonouring the court orders.

The orders come in connection with a 1999 case: these cops, while travelling in a Maruti Zen car without a number plate, had banged into another Maruti car.

An advocate of the Delhi High Court, Sanjay Tyagi, had filed a suit in the

court of the CJM, Ghaziabad, against former SO of Kavi Nagar Sanjay Bhardwaj, head constable John Potter, Kanhaya Lal and police driver Nepal Singh.

The court issued bailable as well as non-bailable warrants against the four cops but they refused to present themselves before it. The advocate filed a case in the high court, when the accused could not be arrested even after non-bailable warrants had been issued. On July 5, 2001, the high court ordered that the Ghaziabad SSP should exert his pressure and intervene in the case.

In response to this, the accused moved the Sessions Court, pleading that they had no knowledge of the case. The court had found this argument untenable and rejected the plea. In spite of this, the accused did not appear in the court.

At this, advocate Sanjay Tyagi moved the CJM’s court for attaching the property of the accused following which CJM Mangal Prasad passed the attachment orders against them.

The accident was reportedly recorded by Sanjay Tyagi on his video camera, which was later snatched by the cops. Tyagi was also allegedly beaten up and tortured in the police station.


Mayawati sends Ghaziabad DM, three others packing
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, June 24
In a whirlwind tour of western UP, Chief Minister Mayawati suspended four officers — DMM Ghaziabad Ram Kishen Mishra, Ghaziabad District Panchayati Raj Officer S K Saini, DPRO of G B Nagar Ashok Singh and the Dy General Manager of UPPC, Bulandshahar.

DM Ram Kishen Mishra, who had taken charge four months earlier, was suspended along with District Panchayati Raj Officer S K Saini for having neglected the development work in Ambedkar villages in Hapur tehsil.

The Chief Minister, who was visibly angry at the tardy pace of work in the Ambedkar villages, made the announcement at a public rally in village Bachhlota in Hapur. The Chief Development Officer, Jatinder Kumar, was given two months to complete the pending works.

The Chief Minister, who come in a chopper, reached Bachhlota at 12.30 pm. She was delayed in Salimpur village in Bulandshahr for about an hour. Ms Mayawati reviewed the development works of the district and also inspected the Ambedkar villages. Divisional Commissioner N S Ravi, IG Police V N Rai, DIG Gurdashan Singh, the DM and other district officials were present in the village. After physical inspection of the works, Ms Mayawati also sat down to examine the relevant files.

From Ghaziabad, the Chief Minister reached Javer and inspected Ambedkar village Dastampur and took stock of the development work.

Interestingly, this village, which had been getting power for about an hour daily, was glittering throughout the night.

DM Venkateshwer Lu, SSP Rajiv Kishen of G B Nagar and other officers had been camping in the village for sometime.

The local MLA and UP Jail Minister Ved Ram Bhatti was also present.

The Chief Minister chided the police for not registering FIRs. People should get justice and the first step in this direction is the registering of an FIR, she told the officers. In Dastampur, Ms Mayawati spent about 50 minutes. She went around the village in her car and addressed the public.

She has given DM G B Nagar, Mr Venkateshwer Lu, and SSP Rajiv Kishen a month to show improvement in the development work. Otherwise, they too will be sent packing. There were 20 points of development in Ambedkar villages, the CM pointed out. Had the officers been serious, they would have shown much progress, she added.


Chautala snubs BJP: A lovers’ tiff or an indication of things to come?
Tribune News Service

Panipat, June 24
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala has accused his party’s ally, the BJP, and the Congress of working in tandem and blocking developmental works in areas represented by INLD councillors.

The statement is seen as the final parting of ways with the BJP in the run-up to the general elections next year and the state Assembly poll in 2005.

In fact, the local BJP leadership and the municipal council chief, Mr Sanjay Bhatia, had a taste of the ire of the wily INLD supremo when he told them on their face that the BJP and the Congress were working in tandem in the district.

The CM’s snub came after the INLD councillors complained to him about the step-motherly treatment meted out to them by Mr Bhatia, even though the two parties were allies in the civic body.

Mr Chautala is also upset over the Congress and the BJP coming together and opposing certain decisions of the state government.

These included the bandh call by the two parties in protest against the introduction of Form 38, the new electronic power meters and the revised formula for the imposition of house tax.

In fact, Mr Chautala did not even allow the local BJP chief, Dr Manohar Lal Suneja, to clarify his party’s position. All the MC chief could do was to offer his resignation, which was rejected by Mr Chautala. Mr Bhatia’s much-touted campaign against corruption in the civic body also did not figure at the meeting.

The verbal duel between the BJP and the INLD has intensified in the recent days.

The elections to the MC were held in 2000. However, a clear majority eluded any party with the BJP bagging 11 seats and the Congress and the INLD 10 each. The election of the MC chief could not be held for about one-and-a-half years and it was only in September 2001 that Mr Bhatia was elected to the post with the support of INLD members. The post of MC vice-chairman went to INLD’s Suresh Mittal.

Observers feel that Mr Chautala’s outburst is the last nail in the coffin.

It is reported that Bansi Lal’s Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) is already warming up to the BJP.


BJP takes up clandestine collection of power dues
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 24
The Delhi Pradesh BJP today urged Police Commissioner R. S. Gupta to order the Crime Branch to probe the clandestine collection of electricity dues from residents of unauthorised colonies, slums and resettlement colonies. The collections are allegedly being made by private contractors on behalf of the Government of NCT of Delhi. The local unit chief, Mr Madan Lal Khurana, told reporters that in the last two or three years, more than 1,000 private electricity contractors had been issuing personal receipts in lieu of government receipts to these people. These contractors had allegedly collected hundreds of crores of rupees as electricity charges and deposited only a part of the amount in the public exchequer. This money would be used to rig the November Assembly elections, he charged.

A BJP delegation met the police chief this morning and gave him a written complaint against the contractors, who were exerting pressure on the locals no to complain to the police.

He urged Mr Gupta to ask the Crime Branch to probe the matter and take action against the contractors. Joint Commissioner of Police U. K. Katna, who is heading the Crime Branch, was also present during the meeting.

The BJP also claimed that some police officials were hand-in-glove with the contractors and refusing to register FIRs on the complaints of residents.


Along with junk mail, ransom threats in e-mail 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 24
A large number of people, who have personal e-mail IDs, are receiving ransom threats on the Net from unidentified persons. The recipients are also threatened with dire consequences, if they do not cough up huge amounts of money.

The targets are mostly affluent professionals and businessmen who have their offices in some of the posh business areas like Nehru Place and Bhikaji Cama Place.

This has caused considerable panic among businessmen who do not know how to react. The e-mail message is terse and to the point. It also instructs the receiver to hoist a green flag atop his premises if he agrees to come up with the cash.

It also warns the receiver from going to the police and to wait for further instructions.

The police said that they were aware of the messages and were investigating.

Initially, the police felt that it was the handiwork of some pranksters who have been able to get their hands on the e-mail addresses of some professionals and businessmen either from the directories or business cards, a senior official said.

However, the police are not taking the matter lightly anymore.

Special teams have been formed to nab the suspects. The help of the recently set-up cyber crime cell of the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police is also being sought.



Police foil bid to occupy leased land
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 24
The Ganaur police foiled an attempt by armed persons to forcibly occupy about 600 acres of panchayat land and took into custody 80 persons who allegedly damaged the standing crops on the land by pressing into service at least 22 tractors in Ahulana village, about 20 km from here, yesterday. The police also seized the tractors.

The trouble arose when groups of armed persons reached the land with the tractors and started damaging the standing crop. When the leaseholders resisted, they were shooed away by the assailants brandishing weapons. By then more leaseholders had arrived on the spot, but they could not resist the armed persons.

On getting information about the presence of Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala at Sonepat, village sarpanch Balbir Singh along with certain leaseholders arrived at the residence of MLA Suraj Mal Antil. However, they were not allowed to meet Mr Chautala and Deputy Commissioner Balwan Singh asked the Superintendent of Police to take necessary action in the case.

Thereupon, a strong contingent of police headed by DSP Om Parkash arrived in the village and additional forces were summoned from Gohana, Baroda and Mohana police stations to control the situation. The police swung into action and foiled the attempt of the armed persons to occupy the land by arresting 80 of them and seizing the tractors.

The land, it may be recalled, was in the possession of a large number of residents and it was vacated by the district administration. This land was leased out to 60 families of the village in an open auction for Rs 19.56 lakh. However, the auction was opposed by the persons who tried to occupy the land yesterday. 


The man who wanted to make Qutub Minar disappear
Vipin Sharma

Rohtak, June 24
He scoffs at myths and superstitions and tries to educate people through his magic tricks. He intends to establish a magic centre in India to train people about its various techniques, including that of self-hypnotism to relieve themselves of tension.

He is magician Ashok Bhandari, who has performed over 1,000 shows abroad. He stepped into the world of magic mystery at the age of five. Mr Bhandari was here in connection with his magic show to be organised on Wednesday evening.

Talking to newsmen here today, he claimed that he was perhaps the only magician in the country who had performed before Prime Ministers from three generation-Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Ms Indira Gandhi and Mr Rajiv Gandhi.

He said magic is a traditional art that had originated in India.

This was the only art, which had no barriers of language and age. However, he said this art had not been well developed in India, as nearly 99 per cent magicians in the country were illiterate.

Mr Bhandari, who is also a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM), said the condition of magicians in developed countries was much better than in India.

Referring to Haryana, he said there was 25 per cent tax on magic shows, while no such tax was levied in the neighbouring states of Delhi, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.

He said the people were very fond of magic shows and there were nearly 2,500 websites of magic available on the Internet.

Commenting on the benefits from magic tricks, he said certain magic tricks could help a person in many ways.

For instance, he said, delivery of a baby without pain was possible in some European countries by using hypnotism technique. Similarly, he said, a person could feel quite fresh even after a nap with the help of self-hypnotism technique.

Among the other tricks, he said, a magician required to know the techniques of hypnotism, telepathy and illusion for performing various magic tricks.

The magician said his target was to achieve certain rare distinction in the field of magic.

He said he wanted to perform a similar show as done by a renowned magician who made the Statue of Liberty vanish for a few moments amidst a large number of people and movie cameras.

He said he wanted to make the Qutub Minar vanish in the same manner. However, his dream has remained unfulfilled as he has failed to receive the permission of the authorities on the ground that it was a historical monument.


Illegal intersections on NH 8: Death is a
frequent visitor here

Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, June 24
The illegal road cuts at the national highway stretching between Delhi and Jaipur makes the road unsafe for the fast moving vehicles.

More than 40 villages falling between 42 milestone and 248 milestone on National Highway 8 make this road prone to accidents as the villagers ply their truckers, trailers etc on the wrong side of the road.

The unauthorised cuts made on NH 8 just compound the problem, said Mr Hari Kumar, senior executive of Intertoll ICS Cecons, the company authorised by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for maintaining and operating this stretch.

Looking after an area of 206 km on the stretch, the company has six patrolling vehicles to check the road violators and three ambulances to give first aid and take the patients to the nearby hospitals in case of an accident.

This month, till the 20th, the stretch has witnessed 105 accidents on the road in which four passengers succumbed to their injuries. In May, there were a total of 162 accidents in which 12 passengers died. In the months of April and March there were 129 and 106 accidents on the stretch and 10 and 11 passengers died, respectively, informed the officer.

Mr Kumar elaborated that more than 40 villages fell on the stretch and the villagers used the wrong side of the road to take the short route, putting their and other passengers’ life at risk. The villagers had also cut the national highway illegally to carve out entry by road into their villages.

There are other reasons also for the road accidents on this road. The truck drivers, being illiterate, are not aware of the signboards put up at different locations to guide the passengers. It has been observed that in most of the accidents truck drivers are involved.

An expert opined that officials of the Sales Tax Department, the transport authority and other departments also chase the vehicles violating the rules. It has been noticed that a number of accidents occur due to the chasing of the vehicles.

Giving an example from last week’s incidents, he said the driver of a jeep having more than 15 passengers tried to escape from the scene when he saw that a Regional Transport Officer was following his jeep. After a short chase, the jeep turned turtle, resulting in the death of one passenger and injuring four. He suggested that the officials had to find out other means to check these type of violators.


After heat, it is rain that scares them now
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, June 24
Sunshine or rainfall, residents of Old Gurgaon areas, unlike their counterparts of the new city area, appear to be always at the wrong end of the stick.

During the high point of summer they curse their fate for erratic power supply and shortage of water. They look towards the sky, urging for benediction from the rain god. But the first rains which lasted for a few hours a few days ago sent them scurrying for cover. The reason was the deluge-like situation in which storm water entered their houses, pitching them into a crisis-like situation. Now they virtually pray that they don’t have a heavy downpour. Hence, the lowering of the temperature this afternoon with strong signs of another downpour apparently caused gloom among a large section of residents.

The plight of the residents of several colonies in old Gurgaon is on account of the apathetic and callous attitude of the civic authorities. Notwithstanding their claims of making suitable arrangements and preparation in view of the coming monsoon, the first substantive rainfall literally called their bluff.

A large number of colonies in the old city fall in low-lying areas. Consequently, even a slight rain throws life out of gear in the colonies in them. The situation is exacerbated on account of the choked sewers and lack of outlet to drain out storm water. Some of the colonies like Model Town, Shivaji Nagar, Arjan Nagar, Om Nagar, Gandhi

Nagar, Subhash Nagar, Basai Road, Shivaji Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, 4/8 Marlas, Jacumpura, Shanti Nagar, Shakti Park, Mahavirpura, Rajiv Nagar and Nai Basti appear to be getting the most of the raw deal. A 2-km stretch of Basai road starting from Basai to Pataudi Chowk remained submerged in water in the last downpour. The colonies and areas falling on either side of the road were virtually converted into a pond. They remained waterlogged for more than four hours. The inmates in these colonies had

to desert their houses. In some of the colonies there was waterlogging for about two days.

The residents allege that even half an hour of downpour causes a flood-like situation in their colonies as was the case a few days ago. One elderly resident of Subash Nagar alleged that it was a perennial problem. However, the civic authorities appear to be least bothered in drawing up a full-fledged plan to tide over the problem.

A senior officer of the Public Health Department, which is responsible for the job, did agree that there was no permanent mechanism to deal with the problem of waterlogging in old Gurgaon. The department resorts to ad hoc measures like pumping out water from the areas in fits and starts, depending on the exigency and gravity of the situation. They also sometimes link the outlet with that of the drainage system of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), which takes care of new city areas. Also, the department dovetails the drainage system in old Gurgaon with the sewerage system which causes backflow in the houses, creating another kind of problem for the residents.

As it is, a number of colonies do not have proper network of sewerage system. Even during summer the system and network remain choked. The network of pipes had been laid several decades back.

There have been reports of wear and tear of the pipes at a number of places. The danger is that at a number of places the network of pipes for potable water, which have also become worn out at a number of places, run parallel to the sewerage pipes.

In the eventuality of waterlogging and sewerage choking there is always a danger of the sewerage and storm water getting mixed on account of leakage in the pipes. In fact, there have been reports of such developments in the past.

Umpteen number of residents alleged that the government was indulging in stepmotherly treatment with the old city in comparison to the new areas. They wonder why it was so when they were paying all taxes and imposts.


Agriculture Dept gets into a muddle with
crops & targets
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 24
It is quite strange that during the last kharif season the area under green fodder crop of jowar had gone up to 34,800 hectares in the district against the Agriculture Department’s target of 22,000 hectares, but the department has set the target of only 16,000 hectare for the current rabi season.

On the other hand, the area under kharif pulses was not even up to the target of 1,200 hectares of last year’s kharif season as the sowing was done in 1,500 hectares, but the department has increased this season’s target by 2,000 hectares.

However, in case of the cotton crop, the department has almost increased the target sowing by three times from 1,000 hectares in the last season to 3,000 hectares during the current season. And it is for the first time that a target of 1,000 hectares has been set for the sowing of maize.

It is also interesting that during the last kharif season the department set a target of 47,000 hectares for sowing of cotton, kharif pulses, maize, jowar and sugarcane, whereas the area under sowing of these crops went up to 66,578 hectares.

The Agriculture Department in the district has set the target of 55,000 hectares for sowing of these crops, around 11,500 hectares less than last season’s cropped area of these crops.

Though in all respects these crops are in the category of kharif crops the department’s monthly progress report for the month of May 2003 has categorised these crops as rabi crops. Perhaps the department officers do not take pains to go through the report prepared by the subordinate staff.


Commuters continue to shun railway overbridge
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 24
Reluctance on the part of passengers to use the overbridge to go to the platforms for boarding trains at the Sonepat railway station is proving dangerous. According to a report, as many as 52 passengers have been killed on the tracks at the station during the past one year due to this. These include a newspaper hawker, Rajesh, and Ram Lal, who hailed from Bihar and had come here for employment, and his family members. Mr Ram Lal and his family members were hit by a train while crossing the tracks for going to platform No 1.

There are three platforms at this railway station and about 40,000 passengers board or alight here daily. Of these, 20,000 commute daily between Sonepat and Delhi.

They have monthly season tickets and travel in suburban trains, which are often overcrowded.

At least 50 trains pass through the Sonepat railway station everyday. There are six suburban trains bound for Delhi in the morning and four arrive in Sonepat in the evening. At the arrival of a train, a large number of passengers pass through the tracks to cross and don’t use the overbridge. As a result, some of them are hit by the trains and are killed.

Although the Railway Act is in existence, it is not used by the Railway Protection Force. It is stated that not a single passenger had been challaned under this Act during the past three decades despite its violation. The violation of this Act attracts the punishment of three months’ imprisonment or a fine of Rs 1,000.


Chautala promises easing of water shortage after completion of SYL

Rohtak, June 24
Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautala today claimed that the SYL canal would be completed within a year and thereafter, there would be no shortage of irrigation and drinking water in southern Haryana.

Addressing a rural gathering after laying the foundation stone of a water supply scheme at village Mandodhi-Jatan, 20 km from here today afternoon, Mr Chautala said that following the completion of the SYL canal, an additional 7.5 lakh acres of agricultural land would receive canal water. He said that his government had provided 25 per cent extra canal water to the farmers last year. Similarly, the electricity consumers were provided 53 per cent extra power last year.

The canal-based water supply scheme at village Mandoldhi-Jatan would cost Rs 81.30 lakh. The funds have been provided by NABARD and after the commissioning of the scheme, every inhabitant of village Mandodhi-Jatan and Madodhi-Rangran would get 70 litres potable drinking water.

The women-folk would get supply of the piped water in their kitchens.

The Chief Minister said that out of nearly 20 lakh villages in India, over 3.5 lakh villages do not have adequate potable drinking water. In the neighbouring Rajasthan, people have to walk approximately 20 km in certain villages to fetch potable drinking water, he said.

Mr Chautala regretted that due to faulty leveling of the canals dug during the Congress regime, the farmers were not getting adequate canal water in their fields. He said that his government was trying to remove the faults so that the farmers could receive the required canal water. The canal and watercourses were also being de-silted, he said.

Paying rich tributes to the soldiers who laid down their lives while defending the borders, he said that his government had honoured the families of these brave soldiers. He said though Haryana constitutes only two per cent of the population in the country, it has over 10 per cent soldiers in the Indian Army.

He further claimed that during the “Sarkar Aapke Dwar” programmes launched by him in the state, over forty-thousand development works have been completed in the past three years. OC


Suspension of VAT demanded
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 24
The president of the Haryana Beopar Manch, Mr Sanjay Sethi, has demanded the suspension of VAT till a new tax system, which is currently being prepared, is implemented across the country. The VAT system has already been implemented in Haryana.

Addressing a meeting of executives in the national Capital, Mr Sethi pointed out that the government’s decision to implement VAT in Haryana was unjust.

He demanded the formation of a new committee, which should include traders, to prepare a new tax system. The implementation of VAT in Haryana had increased corruption and the interest of the state had suffered, Mr Sethi added. He said the provisions in the VAT system would harm the economy. Listing the various details, he said that the exemption limit for registration has been reduced from Rs five lakh to Rs one lakh, which will add to the pressure on the government machinery.

Action sought against Advani

The general secretary of the Minority Cell of the New Delhi District Congress Committee, Mr Raisuddin Malik, has demanded action against the Union Home Minister, Mr L. K. Advani, for his alleged involvement in a conspiracy to demolish the Babri Mosque in 1992.

The recent statements by some kar sewaks point towards Mr Advani for his role in instigating the people to demolish the mosque. He said the disclosure by the former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mr Kalyan Singh, confirming the statements of kar Sevaks, strengthen the criminal case filed by CBI in the court.

The action of Mr Advani does not only amount to involvement in criminal activity, but also a deliberate and planned attack on the Indian judicial system at the time when the matter was in court. Thus, he has “ridiculed the judiciary and mocked at the constitution,” he said.


Passengers stranded as train bogies derail
Our Correspondents

Ghaziabad, June 24
Five bogies of a goods train derailed after a culvert near the Hapur Railway Station caved in. As a result, the track was blocked and the railway traffic to Lucknow and Bulandshahr was disrupted.

A number of trains had to be stopped at the nearby stations and thousands of railway passengers were stranded. Though the repair work on the railway line had commenced, the railway official could not confirm when the traffic would resume.

Man knifes himself

Bhiwani: A man brought to the police station in connection with a case of dowry death knifed himself. The injured, identified as Ashok of Dinod village, was admitted to civil hospital here. According to police sources, the police had summoned Ashok for interrogation on the charge of killing his wife.

His wife Meenakshi reportedly committed suicide by consuming poisonous substance three days back. The father of the deceased said that demand for dowry was the main cause for her death.

Girls shine in Matric exams

Girls have performed better than boys in the Matric examinations conducted by the Board of School Education Haryana. The result of this examination will be declared on June 25. Disclosing this, Mr Rambir Singh, M.L.A. and Chairman of the Board of School Education Haryana, told mediapersons here today that 55.74 per cent candidates had been declared passed in the examination.

He said that girl students had an over all pass percentage of 59.67, whereas boys achieved a pass percentage of 53. 34. He said the board had made special arrangements like websites, Interactive Voice Response System (I.V.R.S.) and Helpline for the convenience of the students.


Youth paraded with blackened face for
indecent behaviour
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 24
A youth was paraded with his face blackened by the residents of Ganaur town last evening. According to a report, the youth was caught red-handed in a ‘compromising position’ with a girl, who also happened to be his relative.

A large number of neighbours, who arrived on the scene, “roughed up” both the girl and the boy. Later, the neighbours informed the police about the incident.

Woman electrocuted

A woman, identified as Ms Daya Kaur (55), was electrocuted while another, identified as Angoori Devi (50), sustained serious burn injuries when they came in contact with live wires while working in a field at Lehrara village near here yesterday.

According to a report, the injured woman was hospitalised and was in a stable condition. The police are investigating the case.

Worker injured

A factory worker, identified as Anarjit Chauhan, was hit by a speeding car and injured seriously while he was crossing the G. T. Road near Bad Khalsa village, about 13 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the victim who belonged to Deowaria district of UP was immediately hospitalised and is stated to be out of danger.

The car driver, however, managed to escape. The police have registered a case and launched a hunt to apprehend the car driver.

Youth commits suicide

A 20-year-old youth, identified as Joginder, was reported to have committed suicide by throwing himself before a running train near the railway station here last evening. According to a report, the victim belonged to Garhibala village. A family feud is stated to be the main cause behind the suicide. 


Two arrested for murder
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 24
The North-East district police today claimed to have arrested two persons in connection with a murder that took place in Shiv Vihar on June 21. The police have recovered the knife used in the crime from their possession.

The victim, identified as Udai Bhan Singh, was allegedly involved in a homosexual relationship with one of the accused. The murder was committed after Udai Bhan Singh had mocked at the accused for his unnatural behaviour.

While the two accused, Anil Kumar Mishra (33), resident of Brahm Puri and Dinesh Kumar Divedi (28), resident of Shiv Vihar, were arrested by the police, three of their associates, Rakesh, Dinesh alias Kalu and Rambir alias Chhotu, were absconding.

The victim was found brutally murdered with stab wounds all over his body at his residence. It was later learnt that he was working in a socks company in Bhajanpura. The police found out from the victim’s neighbour that on the fateful evening, Dinesh and Anil along with three associates had arrived at his house in an inebriated state and told him about the incident. Umesh also told the police that they threatened him not to disclose the matter to anyone.

Dacoity attempt foiled

With the arrest of four persons, the West district police today claimed to have foiled a dacoity attempt in the Rajouri Garden area. The police claimed to have recovered four country-made weapons and eight live cartridges from their possession.

The accused, identified as Mohammad Sonu alias Sonu (19), Mohammad Pappal alias Pappal (20), Mohammad Nausad alias Suresh (20) and Mohammad Umed Ali alias Umed (21), all residents of Baghpat, were arrested near a park in the Rajouri Garden area. Another suspect, identified as Nausad, managed to escape from the police. The police said that the accused were school dropouts and were involved in crimes in Western UP. 


Foreign job racket busted, kingpin arrested
in Jahangirpuri
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 24
With the arrest of one Mohammad Iqbal Qureshi, a resident of Jahangirpuri in North-West district, the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police claimed to have busted a job racket. The suspect used to lure the victims on the pretext of getting them jobs in foreign countries.

The suspect, identified as Mohammad Iqbal Qureshi, originally belonged to Badaun in Uttar Pradesh. The racket came to light when a resident of Rampur, Firasat Ali, lodged a complaint against the suspect that he lured innocent villagers from remote areas on the pretext of providing jobs in foreign countries.

He was arrested from a house (D-862) in Jahangirpuri. Two passports, around 150 photocopies of passports, several application forms of the candidates and photocopies of work permits from Qatar, Ministry of Interior, UAE and Maldives were recovered from his house. The Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), Mr Deepender Pathak, said the suspect disclosed during interrogation that he charged Rs 50, 000 for sending an applicant to countries such as Thailand, Maldives etc, where tourists visas were easily available. He had even sent some people by affixing tourist visa on their passports.

His agents received the innocent people and provided them with shelter on payment. Some of them were employed for sometime and were then forced to return after the expiry of the tourist visa.

Some of the applicants were also sent on employment visa to Arab countries by his agent, identified as Zafar Umar, a resident of Maldives. The DCP said that Mohammad Iqbal Qureshi initially worked as courier for smugglers and started the job racket in 1995. Two cases of cheating and fraud are already registered against him at police stations in Mondavi, Mumbai and Preet Vihar in East Delhi. He operated his racket in Mumbai under the name of ‘Zeeshan Travels’. After fleeing from Mumbai in 1996, Iqbal Qureshi came to Delhi and worked in Geeta Colony area in the name of Crown Associates.

In 1996 when he was arrested by the Geeta Colony police, he reorganised his operation from the Azadpur area under the name of D.M. International.

He had opened another company with the name of Globe India International and was planning to produce films. The suspect had also obtained membership of the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association in Mumbai. He was working on the idea of making a tele-serial titled “headache” and was in the process of advertising for actors and actress. The suspect had also developed contacts with senior politicians.



Three snatch mobike from cop
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, June 24
Three persons allegedly snatched a motorcycle from a constable of the Sambhawali police station, Amar Singh, in the Garh Mukteshwar area when he was returning after serving summons on an accused.

Amar Singh was riding his new Bajaj Caliber motorbike and was in plainclothes when he went to serve summons in Gangoli Hajipur and some other villages on Sunday afternoon. At about 2 pm, he was driving along the Mid-Ganga Canal track. Three vagabonds stopped him waving lathis, grabbed the keys of the vehicle and asked him to get down. When he said that he was a constable from the Sambhawali police station and was on duty, one of the miscreants reportedly brandished a country-made revolver and threatened to shoot him. At this, Amar Singh left the vehicle and the three persons sped away with it.

The SO of the Sambhawali police station, Hukam Singh, on being informed, sealed the area and started combing operations.

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